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Inviting The Departed To A Wedding
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. The poskim tell us that the souls of the departed come to the wedding of their children and grandchildren (see Zohar Pinchas, Shu”t Maharash Engel vol. 7 page 119, Yesod Veshoresh Haovodah Shaar Hakolel 15, and […]
Printing Pesukim In Wedding Invitations
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. Many people print pesukim that are related to marriage in the invitations. The poskim point out that one may not discard an invitation if it contains within it pesukim (Shu”t Radvaz 2:45, see also Ain Yitzchak […]
Amira L’Akum
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  Rabbi Zakutinsky recently published a halacha sefer in English (with helpful Hebrew footnotes) addressing the laws and customs of the Jewish wedding, from the engagement period through shana rishona. Written for laymen and rabbis alike, The Gates of Joy elucidates and explains the halachos and customs of Ashkenazim, Sephardim, and Chassidim, including Chabad Chassidim. […]
Melavah Malka
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. The Gemara (Shabbos 119) rules that after Shabbos one should eat a meal. This meal is referred to as Melavah Malka – literally “escort the Queen”. 2. The poskim disagree as to whether one is obligated […]
Waiting Between Meat and Milk
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Rabbi Zakutinsky recently published a halacha sefer in English (with helpful Hebrew footnotes) addressing the laws and customs of the Jewish wedding, from the engagement period through shana rishona. Written for laymen and rabbis alike, The Gates of Joy elucidates and explains the halachos and customs of Ashkenazim, Sephardim, and Chassidim, including Chabad Chassidim. See […]
Hadlakas Neiros
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Rabbi Zakutinsky recently published a halacha sefer in English (with helpful Hebrew footnotes) addressing the laws and customs of the Jewish wedding, from the engagement period through shana rishona. Written for laymen and rabbis alike, The Gates of Joy elucidates and explains the halachos and customs of Ashkenazim, Sephardim, and Chassidim, including Chabad Chassidim. See […]
Using Secular Dates In Halacha
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) 1. The poskim stress the importance of using the Jewish calendar for calculating years (ex. 5774), as apposed to using the Gregorian calendar (ex. 2014). The Chasam Sofer (Drashos Chasam Sofer 7 Av year 5570) writes that […]
“Mezonos” Bread
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During many wedding meals there is bread available for all the guests. Many caterers offer “Mezonos” bread for the occasion. This allows the guests to eat without washing and reciting Birchas Hamazon. The question is are these “Mezonos” bread really Mezonos or must we wash on these forms of bread and recite Hamotzei? 1. The […]
The Prohibition against Counting Jewish People
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(This should not be relied upon for practical halacha. When a question arises a Rabbi should be consulted.) “Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by families following their fathers’ houses; a head count of every male according to the number of their names.” (Bamidbar 1:2) The above parsha describes […]
The Night After Tisha B’Av This Year
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The strictures that were observed during the Nine Days apply to the night following Tisha B’Av and the next day until hallachic noon (Chatzos). Therefore, one does not wat meat, drink wine, launder clothes, take a haircut or take a hot shower etc. until chatzos the next day. (Shulchan Aruch 558:1 and Mishnah Berurah 3) […]